ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – Danny Dietrich claimed the $7,000 prize on Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, capturing the 18th annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial as part of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.
Time trials, qualifying, and an inversion of six for the feature placed Dietrich alongside the winner of Friday’s Speedweek opener at Williams Grove, Freddie Rahmer, on the outside of of row two for the start.
Outside front row starter Trey Starks led the first 10 laps before polesitter Rico Abreu took over on lap 11. Dietrich charged by both Starks and Abreu for the lead on lap 12. Though he led the rest of the way in the non-stop 30 lap feature, he had to deal with a closing Lance Dewease over the final eight laps.
Dewease, who started sixth, moved into second with eight laps to go, and actually pulled inside Dietrich in heavy lapped traffic on turns three and four of lap 24. But Dietrich shut the door exiting the turn and pulled away to a .75 of a second victory at the end, his second win in a row, sixth Lincoln win of the year and 37th of his career in the Pigeon Hills.
“That was pretty good show,” said Dietrich in victory lane after completing the 30-lap event in eight minutes and 10.303 seconds, “I wasn’t really good there at the end. I thought Lance was definitely going to catch me. I think I saw him one time. I started to play defense. I don’t like playing defense, but I’m glad to be standing here.
“Hats off to this crew back here…Tony, Jake, Jordan, and Tyler…they bust their butts all week long,” continued Dietrich. “I wasn’t in the shop much with other things going on, and it feels good to be standing here again. I’m not sure I had a fast car at the end. We have to get working on the end of the race a little bit.”
Dewease settled for second, with Abreu, James McFadden and Speedweek point leader Rahmer rounding out the top five.
Mason Chaney held off Lucas Montgomery by a half car-length to score his second career Lincoln win in the 20-lap Central PA Legends feature.
RESULTS: Lincoln Speedway; Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek; July 1, 2017
A-Feature (30 Laps): 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($7,000); 2. 69K-Lance Dewease; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu; 4. 3-James McFadden; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 6. 87-Alan Krimes; 7. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 9. 16C-Matt Campbell; 10. 44-Trey Starks; 11. 21-Brian Montieth; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 14. 59-Jim Siegel; 15. 35-Tyler Walker; 16. 1X-Chad Trout; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri; 18. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 19. 11-T.J. Stutts; 20. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 21. 1-Dale Blaney; 22. 2W-Glendon Forsythe; 23. 99M-Kyle Moody; 24. 35O-Steve Owings.
Time of Race: 8:10:303
Lap Leaders: Trey Starks 1-10; Rico Abreu 11; Danny Dietrich 12-30
Legends Feature Finish (20 laps): 1. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 2. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 3. 3AU-Hayden Pascoe; 4. 18-Chris Transeau; 5. 19-Travis Perry; 6. 59-Chad Earnst; 7. 20-Rocky Magaro; 8. 0-Bob Stough; 9. 53-Bill Diehl; 10. 93-Rick Hartwig; 11. 75-Chandler Pagnotta; 12. 519-Tim O’Sheehan; 13. 43-Tony Mrakovich; 14. 21-Cody Haines; 15. 13R-Liam Heaton; 16. M1-John Kooti; 17. 95-Alex Schmidel; 18. 5-Scott Haudeshell; 19. 15H-Harlon Leppo; 20. 51-Travis McClelland; 21. 58Z-Zachary Settle; 22. 3M-Chris McKinney; 23. 83-Jason Gastley; 24. 47-Bob Scott Jr.
Lap Leaders: Chris Transeau 1-2; Mason Chaney 3-20.
CREDIT: Lincoln Speedway